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Two DEVS Students Receive Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award

Two DEVS Students Receive Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award

One of the highest honours a student can receive from Queen's was awarded to two DEVS students this year, Asha Gordon (Artsci 2018) and Emilio Frometa (MIR 2018).

Asha Gordon has been actively working on campus to create dialogue around race and ethnic inclusion in the Queen’s community through her  work with the Queen’s Black Academic Society and the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre. She also worked with colleagues, students and alumni to co-found the Queen’s Black Alumni Chapter.

Emilio Frometa is the founder of the Autism Mentorship Program, an amazing organization that pairs varsity athletes with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He is also is the offensive captain of the Queen’s football team.

Congratulations Asha and Emilio, you are both a great example of the DEVS philosophy in action as you act local  and think global!

Photo of the six recipients of the Agnes Benedickson Tricolour Award in 2018

This year's recipients of the Agnes Benidickson Tricolour Award are, clockwise from top left: Hana Chaudhury (Com’18), Emilio Frometa (MIR’18), Max Garcia (Cmp’17), Asha Gordon (Artsci’18), Adam Grotsky (Artsci’16, Law’19), and Alexandra Palmeri (NSc’18).

See the Queen's Gazette Article for more information.

Karen Dubinsky Participated in the International Colloquium for the 290th Anniversary of the University of Havana

Karen Dubinsky Participated in the International Colloquium for the 290th Anniversary of the University of Havana

Karen Dubinsky was one of over 100 international guests who participated in the International Colloquium for the 290th anniversary of the University of Havana. Dubinsky’s presentation focused on the preparation in Cuban Studies  Queen’s students receive before they arrive in Havana in May for DEVS 305 Cuban Culture And Society.  She also spoke about the importance of reciprocity in international exchanges, highlighting the Cuban professors, artists and musicians who have visited Queens.  

Karen Dubinsky

Professor Inez Rodriquez (University of Havana), Professor Karen Dubinsky (Queen's University), and Professor Olguita Rodriquez (University of Havana)

DEVS Professor David McDonald Receives Frank Knox Teaching Award

David McDonald

David McDonald Receives the Frank Knows Award for Excellence in Teaching

Professor David McDonald is the recipient of the Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching.  This award is to recognize and acknowledge Queen’s University professors that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to the education of their students through their remarkable teaching.  This is a student initiative wherein students at large are responsible for determining the recipients of the award each year, and DEVS is thrilled that Profesor McDonald has been selected as the 2017/2018 recipient.

The award is named in honour of Frank Knox, a professor of economics who taught at Queen’s from the 1920’s to the 1960’s. Professor Knox demonstrated tremendous dedication in his teaching of undergraduates. As a result, the Award serves as a reminder to all, teachers and students alike, of the necessity of a strong commitment to the high quality of teaching at Queen’s.

David McDonald

 

 

 

Barbra Brousseau DEVS Department Administrator Receives Staff Award

Barbra Brousseau Special Staff Recognition Award

Barbra Brousseau Receives Queen's Special Recognition for Staff Awards

Monday December 11, 2017

DEVS Department Administrator, Barbra Brousseau, was presented with the Queen's Special Recognition for Staff Award on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The Special Recognition Award recognizes outstanding outstanding contributions to the learning and working environment at Queen's University.

Barbra, who has worked in the Department of Global Development Studies since 2013 was nominated by the department for her contributions to the Queen’s community that goes far beyond the expectations of her formal position. She has made the kind of personal investment in student welfare and departmental efficiency that is entirely transformational. For the full story see the Queen's Gazette article

DEVS Professor, Villia Jefremovas, First Faculty Member to Retire from the DEVS Department

Villia's retirement DEVS Professor, Villia Jefremovas, First Faculty Member to Retire from the DEVS Department

At the end of October 2017, the DEVS Department celebrated with Professor Villia Jefremovas who is our first faculty member to retire. Villia taught DEVS 300 Cross Cultural Research Methods as well as Indigenous Peoples in International Comparative Perspective and Rural Development. Many DEVS alumni credit their success to Villia’s brilliant and inspirational teaching methods. Congratulations Villia, we are happy for you but will miss you dearly. To see more information about Villia’s extensive work see her Faculty Profile on the DEVS website.

 

 

DEVS Alumni in Action Connecting Canada With the 'Third World'

Adam Houston is a DEVS Alumnus (MA 2012) using innovative ways to explain the connections between Canada and the 'Third World.' In an article published October 6, 2017 in the Ottawa Citizen, he discusses the global implications that legal Canadian marijuana might mean to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Adam connected with his co-author on this piece, Rapelang Radebe, while conducting his MA thesis research in South Africa.

http://ottawacitizen.com/opinion/columnists/what-legal-canadian-weed-might-mean-to-the-kingdom-of-lesotho

Photo of alumnus Adam Houston with a model dinosaur

DEVS MA Alumnus Adam Houston

DEVS 305: Cuban Culture and Society Course Applications accepted until 31Oct2017

The Queen’s Cuban Culture and Society course (DEVS 305) remains open for applications!  

Applications will be accepted until October 31, 2017 for DEVS 305 "Cuban Culture and Society", an interdisciplinary course six-unit course which takes place at Queen’s during the winter semester and at the University of Havana in May 2018.  Details and application forms are available on the DEVS website http://www.queensu.ca/devs/undergraduate/international-study-program-cuba

For more information, please do not hesitate to drop into the DEVS office located in Mackintosh-Corry Hall, B401 or send an email to develstu@queensu.ca

DEVS 305 Students 2016-2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEVS 305 students in Havana, Cuba in May 2017

Congratulations to Noelle Bauman for successfully defending DEVS MA thesis.

Noelle BaumannDEVS MA Student Successfully Defends MA Thesis

Congratulations to Noelle Bauman for successfully defending her thesis entitled "Stories of ‘Born-Again’ Women in Uganda: Epistemic Violence, Visceral Faith, and Subversive Performances of Subjectivity" on Wednesday August 30, 2017.

Thank you to committee members:  Dr. Michael Doxtater (Chair), Dr. Villia Jefremovas (Supervisor), Dr. Allison Goebel (External Examiner), and Dr. Marc Epprecht (Internal Examiner).

 

Congratulations to Laura Myers for successfully defending DEVS MA thesis.

Laura MyersDEVS MA Student Successfully Defends MA Thesis

Congratulations to Laura Myers for successfully defending her thesis entitled "When You Change the Life of a Woman, You Change a Nation": Analyzing the Experiences of Indigenous Women's Organizations and Organizers in Canada on Monday August 28, 2017.

Thank you to committee members:  Dr. Marc Epprecht (Chair), Dr. Villia Jefremovas (Supervisor), Janice Hill (External Examiner), and Professor Robert Lovelace (Internal Examiner).

 

Marc Epprecht Talk and Book Launch at Alan Paton Centre at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa

Marc Epprecht at the Alan Paton Centre Book Launch

The Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, hosted Professor Marc Epprecht for a Talk and Book Launch this June for his new book, Welcome to Greater Edendale: Environment, Health, and the History of Development in an African City (MQUP, Nov. 2016). From left to right in the photo are Professor Philip Denis (University of Kwazulu-Natal), Nazim Gani (Alan Paton Center), Professor Marc Epprecht (Queen's) and Gracia Nokiwane (Sinomlando).  

For more information on Professor Epprecht's book please see:

http://www.mqup.ca/welcome-to-greater-edendale-products-9780773547742.php    

For more information on the Alan Paton Centre and Struggle Archives please see:

 http://paton.ukzn.ac.za/Homepage.aspx

 

     

 

 

 

 

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